Discussion: The Future of Content

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Richard Rosenblatt

Demand Media Inc.

Richard co-founded Demand Media in May 2006, and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. With an intense focus on the consumer, and recognized as a champion for innovation in the media industry, he passionately leads Demand Media in its mission to publish what the world wants to know and share. Richard holds a unique vision for the future of online media and was featured in Fortune’s “The 50 Smartest People in Tech” as runner-up for “Smartest CEO” behind Apple’s Steve Jobs.

Prior to founding Demand Media, Richard built, operated and sold several high-profile Internet media companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Intermix Media, Inc., and Chairman of Myspace.com. He joined Intermix in March 2004, and led a successful turnaround of its existing businesses. Specifically, he helped grow Myspace.com from an unknown web site into one of the most popular properties on the Internet, leading to the acquisition of Intermix by News Corporation in 2005.

Previously, Richard founded iMALL, one of the first Internet companies to recognize the power of user-generated content, offering users a suite of tools that enabled them to build their own e-commerce stores and conduct transactions online. As Chairman and CEO, he helped orchestrate the sale of iMALL to Excite@Home in 1999.

Richard also previously served as chairman of iCrossing, a leading digital marketing firm acquired by Hearst Corporation in 2010, and sits on the board of directors of The FRS Company.

A Southern California native, Richard holds a BA from UCLA, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from USC Law School. He has co-lectured a course on new media with Peter Guber at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the USC Marshall School of Business in 2008.

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Dan Rosensweig

Guitar Hero

Dan Rosensweig currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Guitar Hero, the business unit which develops the blockbuster Guitar Hero® franchise. In this role, Mr. Rosensweig oversees Guitar Hero’s global operations including game development, hardware manufacturing, supply chain, logistics and marketing.

Mr. Rosensweig brings significant experience to Activision having served as Chief Operating Officer of Yahoo! from 2002 through 2006, where he oversaw the company’s worldwide operations including its product development, marketing, and advertising sales and the development and introduction of inventive new Internet advertising formats.

Prior to Yahoo!, Mr. Rosensweig spent 18 years at Ziff Davis, most recently serving as President where he was responsible for the global operations of the company and the successful merger of ZDNet and CNET. He held several senior positions during his tenure at Ziff-Davis, including President and Chief Executive Officer of ZDNet, which he built from a standalone Ziff-Davis company to a publicly traded, highly trafficked Internet network, President of Ziff-Davis Internet Publishing Group and Vice-President and Publisher of PC Magazine.

Before joining Activision, from 2007 – 2009, Mr. Rosensweig served as an operating principal at Quadrangle Group, a private investment firm, where he focused on the firm’s media and communications private equity business.

Mr. Rosensweig received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Hobart College, Geneva, New York. He is the former Co-Chairman of ONE.org and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Adobe Systems, Inc & Katalyst Media. He is also a member of the Executives in Residence program at Columbia University.

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Peter Guber

Mandalay Entertainment

Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media, Peter Guber is among the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industries. Films he personally produced or executive produced, including “Rain Man,” “Batman,” “The Color Purple,” “Midnight Express,” “Gorillas In The Mist,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” “Missing,” and “Flashdance,” have earned more than three billion dollars worldwide and garnered more than fifty Academy Award nominations.

Peter Guber is a sought after speaker at global events. Tapped for his wisdom and expertise, he currently appears as an analyst on numerous network and cable shows and has been a co-host for the last six years on AMC’s TV show, Shootout. Guber is a noted author and in December 2007 wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review titled,” The Four Truths of the Storyteller. ” He has since authored op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is currently writing a business book to be published by Crown Publishing Group in the Fall of 2010. Guber is a full professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and has been a member of the faculty for over 30 years.

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